My work spans three areas; communications, advocacy and voicework. I live on the South Fraser Shores in Steveston at the mouth of the Fraser River. It provides endless inspiration for art, writing, living, working and relationships. I am in love with the Salish Sea.
With over 30,000 working artists, British Columbia has the largest percentage of its labour force in the arts, well above the Canadian provincial average.The Gulf Islands hold a particular allure for the artist, many of whom come for a visit and remain there for the rest of their lives. An excerpt from a 1955 issue of National Geographic sheds some light on this phenomenon:
“The calm leisurely atmosphere of the islands works its charm upon people from all walks of life. The person in worn clothing whom the newcomer mistakes for a beachcomber or country bumpkin as often as not prove to be a famous scientist, novelist, admiral, politician, or other notable… The sympathetic outsider may find himself being initiated into what may be one of the last truly civilized ways of life remaining in English-speaking North America.
Once that happens, it is unlikely that he will ever want to leave.”
Shelly Floyd is an Austin, TX based artist that has been making art since she was old enough to hold a paintbrush. Being the youngest of eight children, she learned to express herself by painting. Shelly Floyd leads the typically unconventional life of an artist. Working with a wide array of Read more [...]